The Rocket Men book launch…
3 words: thrilled, awestruck, verklempt
A book launch that was a transcendent experience — these things don’t happen just every day. Robert Kurson released his latest book, Rocket Men, in the best of all possible ways: with the full crew of Apollo 8 participating in a panel discussion.
And we were there.
In the same room with Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders.
Of course I was beside myself with joy. The thing that was a revelation was the degree to which the Dear Man and my friend were exhilarated to be in the presence of those men.
It was truly an honor to be in the room with them. And such a delight to hear them interact with each other — there was jocular fondness, there was humor. They’re seriously likeable guys.
One of my favorite moments: Anders was describing the violence of takeoff, and he said they were shaking so hard, Borman took his hand off the abort handle, so he wouldn’t pull it by accident due to the way they were being thrashed around. “Just like any other fighter pilot, he’d rather be dead than screw up.”
I love that.
for all kinds of reasons. And the people brought to life in its pages were clearly recognizable in that room. Kurson really captures their essence.
So, the event is over. But the story lives on in the pages of Rocket Men, a book I truly love.
This one’s going down in my personal history as the best book event ever.
My fellow readers… Book launches can be amazing. Tell us about the best book event you’ve ever attended. What made it fantastic?